So it is the 5th Friday of the month so here is yet another writer’s choice entry.
Last Saturday the 23rd I was involved in a cooking competition for work. I was chosen from all the others in my office. I think that this all has something to do with my previous education in Culinary Arts. But, one will never know.
The competition was called Can Cops Cook? All money raised went to benefit a local child’s advocacy organization. It comprised of members from different departments throughout the county. In total there were ten people competing in the competition. However, there were only five departments present. One department had five people in the competition alone and it took place in there town.
I tried my hardest to beat the obviously stacked deck. But, as I am sure you guessed I was not victorious in the competition. Not that it really matters in the long run it was for a great cause. Everything else is just bragging rights for the winner and there department. There is always next year.
So I thought that I would include the recipe that I took to the competition. It is not my usual forte of cooking items. It is actually a baking dish. This means I actually had to follow the recipe to a T.
For this recipe I used a mini muffin pan since the idea was to provide tastings. Not only that I had to make 75 -100 portions. I would have been baking for days to get that many made. I also served it with extra sauce on the side. For my sauce recipe look back at the Light Fresh Tomato Sauce recipe entry from April 21st, 2017. Only difference is that I used a submersion blender to make it less chunky.
6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
¼ Cup Finely Chopped Onion
1 Clove Minced Garlic
1 Cup Tomato Juice
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
2 ¾ Teaspoons Baking Powder
¾ Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoons Dried Oregano Leaves
1 Cup Finely Diced Mozzarella Cheese
¼ Cup Finely Diced Pepperoni
½ Cup Grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese
- In the olive oil sauté, the onion and garlic until translucent.
- In a bowl combine the sautéed onions mixture with the tomato juice and egg.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, oregano, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni.
- Quickly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until they are just moistened.
- Spoon the batter into greased muffin cups.
- Sprinkle the tops of the batter cups with the grated cheese.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.
Go ahead and give these a try, I’m sure that taste will surprise you. In fact take them to your next office party or just take them to the office for a treat. I’m pretty sure that there are going to be a number of people that have never heard of such a thing or had them before.
I hope you all enjoy this receipe. If you enjoyed this story please give it a like to let me know. As always if you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions for future entries please feel free to leave it in the comments.
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